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Why giving AI rights is not that simple.

Feb. 24, 2023.
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Lewis Farrell

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For years, experts have debated whether AI should have rights, but no clear answer has emerged. Some people believe that AI should be granted human rights because it has the potential to become sentient in the future. Others, however, argue that this is unlikely because consciousness is not a binary concept and exists on a wide spectrum. The ability to pass the Turing test is insufficient to classify AI as sentient. Furthermore, in some cases, even humans fail the Turing test. 

The ELIZA effect, or anthropomorphizing machines, is a common tendency, and we must be careful not to make assumptions about AI. We must understand that AI is a reflection of the developers who coded it and the datasets on which it was trained. While it is critical to have a contemporary discussion about the theory of consciousness and morals, it is also critical to recognize that AI is not the same as humans. According to Stuart Russell, an Alan Turing Institute lecturer, giving AI rights would greatly complicate matters. While sentience may confer some rights, it is not necessary to grant AI human rights.

Source: PCGamer (link)
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2 thoughts on “Why giving AI rights is not that simple.

  1. As we humans have more or less identical cognitive architectures we can tune our behavior towards other humans by reflecting how some action would feel to ourselves. This luxury is, at least in the beginning, lacking between humans and other new life forms.
  2. I think that robots need rights Homo Sapiens need rights Hybrids of both need rights


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